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History has just beaten up Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson. Bad boys. Bad karma. Bad politics.

So no more schools named in their honor. Fee fie fo fooey on Washington, whom Jeff Daniels immortalized, Lincoln, who was inhabited by Daniel Day-Lewis, and Jefferson, whom Sam Waterston reincarnated. Poo on them.

Racists. In the interests of mankind (womankind? genderkind?).

I have now delved deep into said scoundrels to learn of presidentkind. And how else our presidents have loused up America — or, rather, how loused up were they. Unlike Biden, not all had fabulous kinfolk. Andrew Johnson’s son Charles was a big drinker. Son Andrew Jr. so heavy on booze that he knocked himself dead in his 20s. Third son Robert fell deep into mixed drinks. What he mixed them with was hookers. Oenophile Jefferson inhaled a minimum three glasses a day, grew his own grapes at Monticello, and ended up broke because he bought 20,000 bottles of the stuff — some of which might even have exceeded the joys of Manischewitz. It’s no wonder the school blew him off.

Ulysses Grant. A tippler. Maybe just for the strength to overcome the first name Ulysses. Imagine his heated wife murmuring, “Oh, go Ulysses, go . . .” In early days, he served on duty in an Army camp while stoned and got thrown out.LBJ. Hard stuff. Could’ve even been shellac. He sipped it straight right out of a cardboard cup.

Father of our country Washington blew 10 percent of his income on liquor. Every freaking breakfast my namesake John Adams inhaled his oatmeal with a shot of hard cider. Sometimes he switched to beer. Also Harry S. Truman. Up 5 a.m., his morning juice was bourbon. He topped it off at cocktail hour. 

Let’s not leave out the kin

Besides businessman son and businessman brother, hidin’ Biden wasn’t the only one slidin’ with family problems. Clinton’s half-brother Roger? Did jail for cocaine? Then arrested for DUI? Caused Bill more anguish — with less pleasure — than Monica did? Forget the former prior ex previous once upon a title zero nothing Prince Harry. Just consider Theodore Roosevelt’s charming child Alice. Smoked in public, bet with a bookie, flirted with gents, and had a big mouth. Alice made me-me-Meghan come off like Mother Teresa. We had James Madison in the War of 1812 and in whose honor we now have the boarded-up Madison Avenue. Jimmy, unsociable, unfriendly, had a lousy stepson. This John was a gambler, a disturber of the peace, jailed for assault, and in debt. Can’t call him a pain in the ass because President Madison himself was seriously afflicted with hemorrhoids.

Thus, one as refined as myself will refrain from that.Jimmy Carter’s brother Billy. Allegedly, beer consumption was once his life’s work. Not allegedly, he actually was taken in for publicly peeing in Atlanta’s airport, which some people considered rude. Also his hobby was being a paid lobbyist for Khadafy. Listen, maybe that career is just a requirement for a chief of state’s family. —


Franklin Pierce? About whom nobody except maybe a liquor dealer remembers. Big-time serious excessive fall-down drunk. Nice President Pierce was an alcoholic.

Opponents called him “a hero of many a well-fought bottle.” Alcohol won. After a little passing out he passed on.Hard stuff brings up schmoozer and boozer Chester Arthur. Ate a lot, drank a lot, dressed a lot, worked little. Lapping liquor seems to be an Oval Office ­requirement. FDR never met a martini he didn’t like, and Nixon blotted up wine.

Lincoln tippled, never stumbled, and said of fall-down drunks: “I believe, if we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class.”What that means, who knows? But, class, today’s question is: What about Lincoln Bedroom, Lincoln Memorial, Lincoln car, Lincoln Tunnel, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square. Might they now all go the way of the Lincoln penny? 

We got JFK Airport. Washington Heights. Roosevelt Island. Clinton Street. Me, I’m waiting for Madison Avenue to be renamed Biden Boulevard. Perfect. It’s a one-way street.

Only in New York, kids, only in New York.

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COVID-19: Some Restrictions In CT Are Being Lifted; Latest Breakdown Of Cases By Community

Some COVID-19 restrictions in Connecticut are being lifted as the state and region continue recovering from the second wave of the virus’ surge.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Thursday, March 4 that in the coming weeks, the state will be easing certain restrictions, particularly those relating to capacity levels and travel restrictions.

Lamont noted that while some restrictions are being eased, all of the protocols that relate to face coverings, social distancing, and cleaning measures are being maintained.

Beginning on Friday, March 19, capacity limits will be eliminated for:

  • Restaurants (eight-person table capacity and 11 p.m. required closing time for dining rooms continues);
  • Retail;
  • Libraries;
  • Personal services;
  • Indoor recreation (excludes theaters, which will continue to have a 50 percent capacity);
  • Gyms and fitness centers;
Museums, aquariums, and zoos;
  • Offices;
  • Houses of worship.

On March 19, social gatherings at a private residence will be capped at 25 people indoors and 100 outdoors, and at commercial venues, the occupancy will be increased to 100 indoors and 200 outdoors.

Lamont also said that all sports will be permitted to practice and compete, with tournaments allowed.

Beginning on Monday, March 29, the capacity limit on early childhood classes will increase from 16 to 20, he noted.

As of April 2, outdoor amusement parks can reopen, outdoor event venues can increase to 50 percent capacity, though it will be capped at 10,000 people, and indoor stadiums will reopen at 10 percent capacity.

  • Summer camps and summer festivals have also been instructed to begin planning for the upcoming season.
  • Protocols that will remain in place:
  • Face coverings and masks continue to be required;
  • Bars that only serve beverages continue to remain closed;
  • 11 p.m. closing time remains in place for events at venues, restaurants, and entertainment;
  • Indoor theaters continue to have a 50 percent capacity;
  • Large event venues such as stadiums can prepare to open in April.

“While it is encouraging to see the number of cases in our state gradually going down and people getting vaccinated at rates that are among the highest in the nation, we need to continue taking this virus seriously to mitigate its spread as much as possible,” Governor Lamont said. “Please continue to wear face coverings in public and when around other people outside of your households, maintain social distancing, and keep washing your hands and cleaning surfaces. Connecticut has made tremendous strides to combat this pandemic, and we don’t want to lose the progress that we’ve made.”

  • Click here for Daily Voice's Interactive Map Of Cases In Our Coverage Area, including available ICU beds in hospitals

The latest breakdown of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Connecticut, by county, according to the state Department of Health on Thursday, March 4:

  • Fairfield: 81,312;
  • New Haven: 72,368;
  • Hartford: 70,703;
  • New London: 19,350;
  • Litchfield: 11,242;
  • Middlesex: 10,513;
  • Windham: 9,244;
  • Tolland: 7,912;
  • Unknown: 978.

A complete list of cases, by communities, can be found here by clicking and scrolling down

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